Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Monday, 12 May 2014
Our friends at Somak Holidays have recently reported on the best 5 afternoon teas in Cape Town, South Africa:
Afternoon teas inject a little lavishness into the routine of things. It’s a celebration of all things sweet, savory, bubbly and a chance to drink tea the ‘proper’ way. Cucumber sandwiches, warm scones, leaf teas, delicate éclairs, and miniature puds – they all have a place in my heart, but above all it’s the theatre of the afternoon tea that makes it such a special experience and one of utter pleasure.
Cape Town’s colonial settlers brought with them the English tradition of the afternoon tea, and have since put their own twist on it, and today it’s a thriving tradition known to the locals as ‘high tea’. So lets raise our cup, saucer and pinky to Cape Town’s finest high tea haunts.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
The Mount Nelson Hotel is one of the most famous places in the world to pour a cup or two, and it’s the place to do it in style. The hotel is a pocket of colonial tranquility amidst the excitement of Cape Town, and offers stunning views of Table Mountain and the glamour of bygone times. Ladies, don your best frock and sip their expertly blended signature Mount Nelson Tea, sample delectable warm scones and enjoy the local flavor of a South African milk tart.
Cape Grace is located on the trendy waterfront, and boasts stylish interiors and fabulous views across the water. High tea is served in the hotel’s library and simply oozes opulence, with a choice of delicious bit-size sweets and savories, and even an egg timer with your tea to ensure it is perfectly brewed!
Views of iconic Table Mountain – check. Impossibly lavish interiors – check. Impeccable service – check.This hotel has it all, and the high tea served in the vista bar is quite literally cherry on the cake. If gold leaf éclairs, dainty macaroons and a Lindt chocolate fondue is your thing (I have no idea why it wouldn’t be), then this is the place for you to take high tea in Cape Town.
The vineyard Hotel
Located in the lush and leafy suburb of Newlands, the Vineyard Hotel is an oasis, from which to enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake. Although it’s a little more than just that. Guests are seated on the veranda with garden views, and are treated to Turkish delights, finger sandwiches, mini fruit tartlets, lemon cupcakes and oh so much more.
MannaBay is nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and is utterly luxurious, unique and stylish – so too are its high teas. The MannaBay high tea is feast for the eyes as well as the belly, with colourful little cupcakes, sweet candies, lemon meringue cakes, all washed down with some bubbles.
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